$35 Tablet Computer:India Tablet Computer Linux-based
$35 Tablet Computer:India Tablet Computer Linux-based – A $35 computer has been released in India that will help low-income individuals to access the internet. The cheap handheld device will come with an internet browser, multimedia player, PDF reader and the ability to video conference. It will tap into a market that previously was unable to afford a computer in the country. The Linux-based computing tool will be most useful to students, who will now be able to enjoy all of the tools that computer-users often take for granted.
“The aim is to reach such devices to the students of colleges and universities, and to provide these institutions a host of choices of low-cost access devices around $35 or less in near future,” said one individual at the human resources ministry.
With so many devices being designed with education in mind, it will be interesting to see how it is put to use inside of the classroom. The technology is not ahead of its time, in fact, if anything, it is behind its time, but it will bring thousands, if not millions of impoverished Indian citizens up to speed with the current technology.
India is currently home to 1.2 billion people. Their per capita income stands at $1,030, leaving many of the less fortunate unable to purchase personal computers and learn how to use them. A study last year showed that rural markets in India could grow to as high as $600 billion over the course of the next few years.
The new device opens up a whole new market to the technology industry.